We offer screening and eligibility determination for seniors or disabled clients for the following programs:
Medi-Cal Program Overview
Medi-Cal is health care coverage for qualifying persons who live in California and have income and resources below established limits. Services are based on Federal and State criteria, including income, resources, and household size.
Eligibility is determined based on certain qualifications, including resources, income, and residency in addition to the criteria of Aged, Blind, Disabled or have dependent children in the home whose parent(s) are unemployed, deceased, disabled or absent.
For those who do not meet the above criteria, the County Medical Services Program (CMSP) may help in covering some of the medical expenses.
Persons 65 or older Age: 65 or older and 21 years of age Certain adults between 21 and 65 years of age Persons who are blind or disabled Pregnant women Persons receiving nursing home care Certain refugees, Asylees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants
Clients must meet certain eligibility criteria prior to being approved for Medi-Cal. We review the resources and income for all household applicants. Resources can include bank accounts, life insurance, burial funds, etc. For Medi-Cal purposes, a client’s home of residence and one vehicle is exempt. The resource limit for one person is $2000 and for two people is $3000*. The property limit is then increased for each additional dependent person living in the home.*The resource level is significantly increased for persons entering Long Term Care (Nursing Home) who have a spouse still living at home. Contact County Medi-Cal staff for more information.Once it is determined that an applicant is at or below the resource limit, their income is reviewed to see if they will receive Medi-Cal at no cost to them or if they will have a Share-of-Cost (deductible). The Share-of-Cost is a monthly amount that the recipient would be required to pay before Medi-Cal would pick up the remaining medical costs incurred in that month. If a client has no medical expense in the month, they pay nothing. As a client incurs medical expenses in the month, they pay the provider for the medical services received. Once they have met the Share-of-Cost in the month, the remaining costs for the services is paid by the State of California.
Medicare is the Federal Health Insurance Program, whereas Medi-Cal is the California Health Insurance Program. The two programs work together to cover the medical needs of those who are eligible. They both work in conjunction with other health insurance companies (such as Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc) to provide medical services to clients.
For more information on health insurance options, please contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-888-434-0222.
Applications may be picked up in person at the office or you may contact the office by phone. Applications may be returned at the office location or by mail. Medi-Cal applications are processed by mail, although applicants have the option to be interviewed directly.
Alien registration card
This service of the Public Assistance Division provides aid in the form of food purchase cards for eligible families and individuals. Emergency services are available to qualified participants
You must be able to meet State and Federal program rules for income, resources/property, residence, and legal status in order to qualify for our Food Benefits Program.
A face-to-face interview is required for the Food Benefits Program. An appointment will be mailed for applications received by mail and for those dropped off in the office by applicants unable to remain for an interview.
To receive an application: